Gallery Hop is a legendary Columbus tradition.
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2015, Gallery Hop is the first Saturday of every month in the Short North Arts District.
On Gallery Hop Saturday, thousands of visitors converge on High Street in the Short North Arts District. Visitors celebrate art throughout the evening with new gallery exhibitions, street performers, special events, food, and drinks throughout the District on the first Saturday of each month. With dozens of galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces, it’s Columbus’ favorite night of the month to celebrate art. Though many shops and galleries are open earlier, Gallery Hop officially starts at 4:00pm and runs to 10:00pm, with restaurants and bars staying open considerably later. Gallery Hop is sponsored by ALIVE, CD102.5, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
BECOME A GALLERY HOP VENDOR/PERFORMER
If you are interested in being a street performer or vendor, please read the 2017 Short North Gallery Hop Performer and Vendor Guidelines and fill out the new online 2017 Short North Gallery Hop Application. To be considered, you must have your online application sent to the Short North Alliance by the 15th of the month prior to the Hop. If you have questions or concerns or would like to set up an appointment about the vendor/performer application process, please call or email Melanie Kortyka at (614) 299.8050, ext. 15, firstname.lastname@example.org. We are not able to accommodate walk-ins.
On a typical Hop, over 20 galleries and hundreds of non-traditional art venues (restaurants, boutiques, and salons) spotlight the best of established and emerging Ohio-based artists. They also feature the works of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.
ON THE STREETS
Each month, performers settle into the many nooks of the Short North Arts District to entertain the throngs of fans. Saxophonists, singers, improvisational dance troupes, even stilt walkers and stage characters add to the unforgettable experience. You will also find vendors selling their hand-crafted one-of-a-kind items.
HOW OTHERS DESCRIBE GALLERY HOP
“The Best Arts Event in the State” – Ohio Magazine
“The Short North and Gallery Hop gives Columbus its swagger!” – Mayor Michael Coleman
“Columbus has undergone a transformation by luring young professionals … the city has seen a flurry of downtown development – and gained an unexpected new profile as a Midwestern style capital.” – New York Times